November 28, 2001
Britney Spears was right when she sang "I'm not
that innocent" during her opening song, "Oops!
I Did It Again" at Staples Center in Los Angeles
Nov. 21. Spears spent the majority of the concert touching
her chest and stomach in front of a sold-out crowd.
Spears will soon turn 20 years old, but her age hasn't
stopped a growing number of critics from questioning
her revealing clothing and seductive dancing.
She took a break about halfway through the concert
to address her critics.
"I know people say a lot of things about me for
the things that I say and don't say and the clothes
that I wear," Spears explained as she sat on a
piano bench and wiped sweat from her brow. "But
I'm not a little girl anymore."
Spears' show featured 13 costume changes, countless
stage themes and even a digital image of herself with
which she danced.
The concert was filled with special effects ranging
from 10-foot flame bursts to a full-fledged rainstorm during the encore, when Spears - clad
in a clear, plastic cowboy hat - floated above the crowd,
suspended by cables.
Ironically, Spears' age might be her demise. She may
have already reached her peak - she just performed in
Las Vegas for her own HBO special, is on a world tour
and is sponsored by one of the biggest soft drink companies
in the world - but she's getting older.